Preventing Water Pollution During Demolition

Whether it’s in the middle of an urban sprawl or out in a rural setting, water contamination is something we must always be on the lookout for. There are a number of ways to contaminate the surrounding water when doing demolition, but thankfully there are also a number of ways to prevent water pollution. Neglecting to account for potential water pollutants can incur serious fines and possibly negative media attention. This is why it’s important to always work with an experienced demolition expert like DT Specialized Services.

Storm drains are the main culprit when doing demolition in urban settings. Dust and erosion can run off from the demolition site and flow into nearby storm drains. These storm drains will often lead to bodies of water that support local wildlife and may even be used for drinking water. If proper precautions are taken, dust from crushing and demolishing, and dirt from eroding soil can distribute the delicate balance of these ecosystems.

Using silt fences and a proactive traffic control plan are the best lines of defense against erosion. Limit the areas where heavy equipment is allowed to go and make sure these roads stay in good shape. If these designated roads get too messy, adding some gravel can help restore the integrity of the road. Existing vegetation is another great way to prevent erosion. Letting trees, grass, and other plants stay where they are will help soak up excess water and prevent erosion.

If water runoff is unavoidable, make sure to route the flow of water away from active demolition areas. This will ensure the water that leaves the site is not contaminated by any building materials.

Water pollution can always be avoided with the proper plan and strategy. Anytime you start a new demolition project, make sure your demolition contractor is taking the appropriate steps to keep demolition contaminates out of the water.